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Smart Moves in Hawaii, Las Vegas and More

Smart Meetings

Austin Gardner Gardner is vice president of business development for Staypineapple Hotels Inc. , based in Bellevue, Washington. Gardner has more than 13 years working in hospitality sales and marketing—specifically with independent hotels—most recently as regional vice president of sales for Oxford Collection Hotels. Daniel Scott Scott is Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort ’s managing director.

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Unique Wedding Destinations: Finding Love in Hidden Gems – Escape the Ordinary, Embrace the Extraordinary

Traveler's Q

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, but you don’t have to settle for a cookie-cutter ceremony. If you’re looking for unique wedding destinations to make your special day unforgettable, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we’ll dive into how to escape the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary with hidden gem locations, eco-friendly options, and budget-friendly nuptials.

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Labor Double-Whammy for Hotels Affects Planners, Too

MeetingsNet

Even as they pay front-line employees the highest average hourly rate ever, more than two-thirds of properties nationwide still have notable staffing shortages. December 2023 saw the highest average hourly rate ever for front-line employees at hotels across the country: $23.91, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even so, 67 percent of more than 400 hotel managers who responded to the latest survey conducted by the American Hotel and Lodging Association say they still face a staffi

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New FTC Rule Addresses Common Event Scams

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: A new ruling by the Federal Trade Commission targets scammers seeking to rip off the business events industry, paving the way for direct monetary compensation from bad actors.

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COVID-19 Travel Consumer Sentiment Study

TravelBoom and sister agency, The Brandon Agency, release new consumer sentiment study on travel amidst the COVID-19 second wave

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Super Bowl LIX: As Las Vegas Cools Down, New Orleans Heats Up

Smart Meetings

The Big Easy prepares for its 11th Super Bowl When the NFL added another week to its usual 17-week schedule in 2021, this created a small problem between the Super Bowl LVIII and this year’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans. As a result, 2025’s Super Bowl was moved to New Orleans and Super Bowl LVIII took place in Las Vegas, a first for the city and accompanied by much fanfare.

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Ultimate Guide to Planning Unforgettable Black Culture Celebrations

InEvent

Source: Freepik As an innovative leader in event management, we’ve always believed in the power of culture to bring people together. There’s something truly magical about celebrating and embracing our heritage, and when it comes to planning black culture celebrations, the possibilities are endless. Afrocentric event planning is not just about throwing a party; it’s … Post Ultimate Guide to Planning Unforgettable Black Culture Celebrations showed as first in InEvent Blog.

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Event Sponsorship Ethics: Navigating Brands and Social Responsibility

Bizzaboo

With the rise of social responsibility and ethical consumerism, companies must carefully consider the impact of their sponsorship choices. Ethical marketing requires being transparent and honest in advertising and sponsorships, particularly as consumers are becoming more conscious of the impact of their purchasing decisions and are actively seeking out companies with corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies that align with their values.

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Notes From the Road: Healing in Paradise

Smart Meetings

South Florida offers luxury, wellness and experiences Touring through South Florida was almost an international experience as I explored all the different influences Marriott International has interwoven into their hospitality, culinary and wellness offerings. A true melting pot of culture, wellness and professional amenities, South Florida offers accessible luxury with innovative holistic approaches on the gorgeous Atlantic coast.

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How AI-powered chatbots can increase direct bookings and guest engagement   

Leonardo

AI-powered chatbots are transforming how hotels engage with their guests. Putting a chatbot on your website gives you another avenue to engage with both guests and potential guests. When implemented correctly, these virtual concierges are not just a trend; they are a game-changer that can answer questions, convert potential guests, and greet loyal customers.

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A.I. Is Accelerating Meetings-Related Tech

MeetingsNet

At Mobile World Congress 2024, the rapid advance of artificial intelligence is on display through “spatial computing” applications that will affect meetings, including augmented reality, virtual reality, and 3D teleconferencing. While the 2024 edition of Mobile World Congress, which began on February 26 in Barcelona, still is not drawing as many attendees as it did before the Covid pandemic—109,000 people came in 2019 versus about 95,000 this year—it’s not because the rate of innovation in commu

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Evolution of the DMC:Renewing Business Relationships with Deeper Trust, Transparency & Understanding

The evolution of the DMC industry requires that it embark upon a renewed relationship with clients that is built upon transparency, trust, and understanding.

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The New Age of Data-Driven Event Strategies

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: In the quest to navigate the event data deluge, the real challenge lies in separating insightful narratives from mere numbers. It's the human touch—crafting memorable experiences and compelling stories—that will ultimately define the success of events in the data-driven age.

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Navigating the Thrills of Event Innovation

Smart Meetings

How to adopt a growth mindset from psychology of leadership expert Ryan Dohrn Let’s face it. New ideas can be terrifying. Whether it is new faces across the negotiating table, evolving event technology or looming AI adoption , taking a risk is not something that comes naturally to many meeting professionals. That is why we dedicated our February Extraordinary Experience at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, Las Colinas to innovation in all its forms.

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AIME 2024: Fostering  Growth at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Travel Daily Media

The post AIME 2024: Fostering Growth at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. The Asia Pacific Incentive and Meetings Event (AIME) returned triumphantly to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) on February 19-21. AIME 2024 reached a significant milestone, being the largest in a decade.

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A Look at Planners’ Powerful Partners: CSMs

MeetingsNet

The newest award-winning convention services manager dishes on all the things CSMs can do for planners: “We’re like Siri for the destination.” It’s tough to imagine a meeting that might run more smoothly than the Event Services Professionals Association’s annual conference, the most recent edition of which took place in late January in Indianapolis.

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Why Pipeline Is the Ultimate Goal of Building Communities

Skift Meetings

Skift Take: Sales pipeline and community engagement aren't inherently at odds. When the balance is right, companies can successfully foster, support and monetize communities that positively affect their profits.

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New and Renovated: Waterside vs. City Skyline Views

Smart Meetings

A battle between two equally attractive forces commences There may be no settings at more opposite ends than lakeside properties and those that sit in a downtown area. Both respectable in their own right, each come with a different vibe and cater to a certain kind of person, or a certain kind of mood. The properties below are on either side, offering a stay with sights of slow flowing waves or gorgeous city landscapes.

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Business Events Australian: A look into the future

Travel Daily Media

The post Business Events Australian: A look into the future appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. In a recent conversation at AIME 2024 with Robin Mack, the Executive General Manager of Commercial & Business Events Australia, he shared his insights on the current state and future of business events in Australia. Rob expressed optimism about the future of business events, highlighting their importance to Tourism Australia’s leisure and business sectors.

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Designing for Belonging

Special Events

How to create event environments where every individual feels valued, accepted, and connected

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A Beginner’s Guide to Website Design Language – Glossary & Basics

Tourism Tiger

Unlock the secrets of effective web design for tourism businesses with this basic guide, explaining key terms and language.

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What One Thing? Insights from Association Leadership with Michelle Mason

Smart Meetings

On this episode of What One Thing? Vice President and Content Director of Smart Meeting JT Long chats with President of ASAE , the Center for Association Leadership, Michelle Mason to discuss finding one’s own path and purpose, the evolving landscape of meetings and conferences, the need for inclusivity , sustainability , and adaptation to technology.

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Marriott International: Leading the Way in Sustainable Travel and Event Planning

Travel Daily Media

The post Marriott International: Leading the Way in Sustainable Travel and Event Planning appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. At AIME 2024, Marriott International’s recent Travel Trends forecast has provided a comprehensive look at how event planning, business travel, and priorities are expected to evolve in the coming year. Sustainability is at the forefront of all 47 hotels in the APAC region, focusing on using sustainably sourced food and materials and locally sourced pr

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5 tips on how to use the elements of nature at your next event

MPI

Incorporating nature into your event allows attendees to become more immersed in the experience.

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EMEA Region Survey Concludes: Time to Collaborate

Convene by PCMA

The top priority for the PCMA EMEA Engagement Survey respondents is collaboration and developing strategic partnerships. Collaboration is critical in uncertain times, three global business strategists wrote this month in Harvard Business Review. Recent research suggests that when resources become limited, business leaders tend to become risk-averse and prioritize stability over innovation, according to the article.

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6 current social media trends for hoteliers in 2024

EHL Insights

The hotel and hospitality industry evolves quickly to keep up with shifting consumer preferences and technological advances. In this constantly shifting landscape, social media can be a powerful tool that helps you showcase your offering, build a relationship with your customers, improve customer service, and enhance your brand.

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AIME where the Asia Pacific Events Industry meets: A vision for future growth

Travel Daily Media

The post AIME where the Asia Pacific Events Industry meets: A vision for future growth appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. While at AIME, Brand TD spoke with Matt Pearce, CEO of Talk2 Media and Events. The discussion focused on Australia’s dynamic landscape of business events and the sector’s future potential. Taking a forward-thinking attitude, Pearce voiced confidence and enthusiasm for the future of business events, acknowledging its critical role in Australia̵

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WEC: Elevating events through rock ‘n’ roll and neuroscience

MPI

“We combine the secrets of the greatest rockstar performers, simple neuroscience techniques, unique kinetic interaction, live musical performance and an exclusive multimedia experience.

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Meet our Top 25 Black Professionals in the Events Industry.

InEvent

In a world where diversity and inclusion are increasingly recognized as pillars of success, it’s essential to spotlight those who are paving the way for future generations in every industry. The events industry, with its unique blend of creativity, logistics, and customer service, is no exception. This vibrant sector thrives on the contributions of professionals … Post Meet our Top 25 Black Professionals in the Events Industry. showed as first in InEvent Blog.

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Exploring Dr. Blengini's Sabbatical: Reigniting a Passion for Research

EHL Insights

Welcome to the regular Q&A feature where we shine the spotlight on our EHL research faculty and their current work. With a view to going behind the scenes to better understand the fascinating, impactful world of research, the EHL Institutional Visibility team will be regularly catching up with an EHL researcher whose work is making a difference in both classroom and industry.

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Brisbane Convention Centre’s ‘new precinct’ set to open in August

Travel Daily Media

The post Brisbane Convention Centre’s ‘new precinct’ set to open in August appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. They are thrilled to announce their collaboration with Kim and the Brisbane Convention Centre, as they prepare for the opening of an exciting new precinct in Brisbane. This precinct, where the staff of Brisbane will reside, is one of four that will transform the city.

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Event attendee engagement hindered by risk aversion, lack of ideas

MPI

Although engaging attendees is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to enhance the quality of a meeting, there is still a lot of resistance, according to Bo Krüger, meeting designer, facilitator, trainer and speaker and owner of Moving Minds.

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The Ultimate Philly Bucket List

Redfin

If you’re considering renting an apartment in Philly , get ready for an unparalleled urban experience. Philadelphia opens doors to a world of culture, diversity, and excitement. With endless attractions and iconic landmarks at your fingertips, navigating the city’s vibrant streets can feel like embarking on an adventure every day. To ensure you make the most of your time in this dynamic metropolis, this Redfin article has the ultimate Philly bucket list, packed with must-see sights

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Product Launch: Ten Ways to Create a Lasting Impression

Blue Spark Event Design

Making a lasting impression on your audience during a product launch involves strategic thinking, innovation, and flawless implementation. Whether it’s setting the right brand tone, engaging your attendees in the brand narrative, or fostering a sense of pride in being connected to your company or product, product launches offer a prime chance to showcase your brand essence and achieve your launch objectives.

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Melbourne Convention Bureau launches First Peoples Engagement Guide

Travel Daily Media

The post Melbourne Convention Bureau launches First Peoples Engagement Guide appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Brand TD. The guide is a valuable resource for business event planners to drive social impact and deliver rich cultural experiences. The Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) is proud to announce the launch of its First Peoples Engagement Guide, an essential tool for event planners seeking to create culturally enriching business events and foster positive social impact.

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15 Black History Month Workplace Ideas to Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion.

InEvent

Black History Month is an important time to honor the achievements and contributions of black individuals throughout history. It is also a great workplace opportunity to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion. This article will explore 15 brilliant ideas to help you organize meaningful Black History Month workplace celebrations. From employee luncheons to community service events, … Post 15 Black History Month Workplace Ideas to Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion. showed as first in InEv

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The Ultimate Scottsdale, AZ Bucket List: 12 Must-Try Experiences

Redfin

Scottsdale is known for beautiful scenery, a vibrant arts scene, and upscale charm, but that’s just the beginning of everything this city has to offer. When exploring and learning more about Scottsdale, It’s hard not to be captivated by the rich culture of this town and start to explore renting an apartment in Scottsdale or even buying a home in the city.